NJPW Dominion 2021

All sorts of craziness happening in New Japan these days as Will Ospreay has vacated the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.  Though the real reason seems unknown (NJPW said it was due to a neck injury, but rumors on the interwebs indicate the gaijins are unhappy with the way the company has handled the COVID situation), we have a main event of Okada vs. Shingo to crown a new champion. 

Away we go.
 

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New Japan – Matches of the Week

Recently I was asked if I would do a mix of some of the bigger NJPW matches this week leading up to the Dontaku shows in early May.  The matches looked pretty fun so I figured why not.  Also, I have no life, so…Anyway, the matches we have are: 

-Aaron Henare vs SANADA (4/26)
-Tetsuya Naito vs Great-O-Khan (4/26)
-Toru Yano vs. EVIL (4/28)
-Rappongi 3K vs Suzuki-gun (4/28) 

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New Japan Cup 2021 USA

Thanks everyone for the great feedback on the Sakura Genesis review.  With a little time until the Dontaku 2021 shows in early May, I figured let’s give the New Japan Cup 2021 USA version a shot.   Plus I know we all enjoy a good tournament around here. Winner of this tournament gets the sweet looking trophy and becomes the first ever Strong Openweight Champion. 

Away we go. 

 

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Mike’s Mini Review – NJPW Toukon V: Volumes 39 & 40 (September 1997)

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I had a dig around in my tape collection recently and found this DVD that a friend burnt off for me probably 15 years ago now. I actually haven’t ever properly sat down to watch this, so I decided to do so now seeing as New Japan was really hot around this period and I thought there would be some good matches to enjoy.

I’ve decided to class this as a “mini review” because I am not going to go into lots of detail and instead just give a brief overview of the tape. I will include match ratings if I feel they are relevant, but aside from that this is going to be a more relaxed review that you can hopefully blow through relatively easily whilst enjoying a nice biscuit and a brew.

This tape contains two volumes of match selections from New Japan’s post G1 tour in the autumn of 97. It means we get to see some less fancy venues where they’ve taped stuff with a roaming cam only, which is a nice change of pace. Reminds me a bit of the fan cam tapes I’d get of ECW events, except the video quality is much better.

If reading about Japanese Wrestling is your thing then I highly suggest checking out Rick’s archives, as he is the Blog’s main reviewer of modern Japanese stuff and he’s darn good at his job!

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 30 – Final Night

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Well, we’ve had one heck of a tournament with lots of great matches and now it’s time to tie things off with a nice bow, with A Block Winner Kota Ibushi taking on B Block Winner SANADA.

Let’s find out who will be taking home the bacon!

You can read Rick’s review of the Final Night of B Block by clicking right HERE

Rick should also be doing a review of this particular show as well, so keep a look out for that!

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 30 – 16/10/2020 – A Block Night Nine

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Here we are, it’s time for the Final Night of A Block, with Jay White, Kazuchika Okada and Kota Ibushi all having a chance to win it (Although there may be an outside way for Will Ospreay to still manage it somehow, which will probably happen now just to make me look dumb. I could take this bit out of course, but I’ll leave it in, just for the craic)

My pick is Kota Ibushi, but I’ve enjoyed Okada’s run so much that I’ve decided I’d like him to win the Block. So expect a Jay White victory then!

Rick’s been doing a sterling job with the B Block and you can read his review of Night Eight by clicking right HERE

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 30 – 13/10/2020 – A Block Night Eight

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Cheers to all who said kind words last time out. Had a chat with my mum today and her temperature is pretty much back to normal and she felt well enough to go in the garden for a bit, so here’s hoping she’s past the worst of it.

I’m still in isolation, but I’ve thankfully had no COVID-19 symptoms thus far, so hopefully I should be able to get out and about as soon as my 14 days are up.

Anyway, we’re into the final two nights of A Block now, with a number of workers tied on 10 points. You’d think something would have to give in this round, so let’s see what happens!

If you’d like to read Rick’s review of B Block Night Seven then you can do so by clicking right HERE

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 30 – 10/10/2020 – A Block Night Seven

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More G1 action, and you can read Rick’s review of Night Six of B Block by clicking right HERE

It’s been an interesting week for me. As mentioned in the last A Block review, it was my birthday mid-week so I decided to spend it with my support bubble (If you live on your own in the UK then you’re allowed to visit one other household under the pandemic restrictions), of which my mum is a member.

However, my mum has since come down with COVID-19, which means I’m in isolation for 14 days. Thankfully I can do my entire day job from home and I’ve not shown any symptoms myself as of this writing, which hopefully stays the case. I’m missing my daily walk though, as it was how I got my exercise and cleared my head.

I’m worried about my mum though as she has asthma, which puts her in a high risk category, and I’ve been checking in on her regularly via phone. She’s still keeping to her bed but her temperature is going down at least. I’ve not been tested myself as the guidelines just say to isolate unless you get symptoms, and I’ve got a food delivery booked in for tomorrow, so I’m ready to hunker down. I’ve already had four days in isolation as I decided to play it safe the minute I was told she had symptoms, so just 10 left now and I’ll be released back into polite society.

So with that out of the way, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling so I can take my mind off it all.

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 30 – 07/10/2020 – A Block Night Six

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Let’s get to another night of A Block action. We’re in the second half of the fixtures now, as A Block is really taking shape.

You can read Rick’s review of Night Five of B Block by clicking right HERE

If you’ve got the time, I’ve also written an article on Roman Reigns’ recent heel turn called “The Rejuvenation of Roman Reigns” over on the website Gaming Respawn. If you fancy a read you can do so by clicking right HERE

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 30 – 05/10/2020 – A Block Night Five

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Make sure to check out Rick’s review of Night Four of B Block by clicking right HERE

It’s another day of G1, and I’ve been loving it thus far. By the time this gets uploaded I will be another year older. With Everton top of the table too. What a time to be alive!

I should point out that they’ve uploaded the Keiji Mutoh Vs Yuji Nagata G1 Final from 2001 up as a free video on NJPW World. If you’ve never seen it then I strongly suggest you do so, as it features some sublime technical wrestling and does an excellent job highlighting why Mutoh ended up winning wrestler of the year for 2001.

Anyway, enough chatter, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 30 – 30/09/2020 – A Block Night Four

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Time for Night Four of A Block!

You can read Rick’s review of Night Three by clicking HERE

It’s been a wacky week here in the UK music wise, where my fellow Everton supporters, in high spirits due to a good start to the season, decided to knock Miley Cyrus off the top of the iTunes charts by buying a number of Everton related songs, with “Spirit of the Blues”, a song from our hot period in the 80’s, being the one that started it all going. A really nice aspect of it all is that one of the writers of the song (Kenny Parry) was going through a rough period due to losing his wife in recent years, and the song getting in the charts has really made his week, which makes it a win however you want to slice it I think.

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 30 – 19/09/2020 – A Block

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Please make sure to check out Rick’s excellent G1 Climax preview for the skinny on what’s taking place in the tournament this year.

I would have had this up earlier, but I had a nice trip to Clitheroe in the afternoon, so apologies for the delay.

I’ll be taking on A Block this year whilst Rick takes on B Block, so look out for his reviews when they go up also.

Great to be tagging with someone this year as it should hopefully make the workload easier to bare and I think it will be interesting to get two perspectives on things.

I haven’t got a clue who will win G1 this year, but I’ll go with Kota Ibushi as they were making him look like the star in the team with Tanahashi on the Summer Struggle Tour, which suggested a passing of the guard, and Ibushi Vs Naito at Wrestle Kingdom would be pretty rad.

So, without further ado, let’s start off Night One of A Block and watch some chuffing wrestling!

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Mike Reviews: New Japan Pro Wrestling Wrestle Kingdom 14 – Night Two (05/01/2020)

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Back for more New Japan, as we complete the Double Gold Dash to crown a dual Champion in the main event. It’s like WrestleMania VI but with more screaming Japanese fans losing their minds. What’s not to like?

Anyway, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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Mike Reviews: New Japan Pro Wrestling Wrestle Kingdom 14 – Night One (04/01/2020)

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Here we are, back again with some more New Japan action as they start the first night of their Tokyo Dome double shot with Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night One.

To say that people are jazzed for this show would be an understatement, as Twitter was awash with pictures and videos of people excitedly making their way into the Egg Dome. Oh yes, people are up for this one lads and ladies!

So without further ado, let’s cut my prattling and watch some chuffing wrestling!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – November 11, 1995

WCW Prime for November 6 featured a new match, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes on commentary.

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